Kίνησις. The Structure of Motion in Aristotle’s Physics
The purpose of this research is to study the structure of motion in Aristotle’s Physics and understand its mechanism.
The first part of the project aims to study what motion is and compare the Aristotelian definition of motion found in the third book of Physics to other sections of the Corpus where Aristotle analyses the concept. The aspects explored are the principles of motion, Aristotle’s philosophical method and the theories of his precursors.
The second part involves motion in its context and Physics VIII is the heart of this section. The project here is focused on the relationship between motion and two other fundamental concepts in Physics, such as time and the continuum. In investigating the structure which binds together these three concepts, the project aims eventually to demonstrate that the basic structure of motion in Aristotle’s natural philosophy is the continuum: this notion is able to connect the Aristotelian ontology to the analysis of processes (time and change) in the natural world.